The mysticism of the Baha’i Faith is to be explored tonight (Friday, February 21st) as Rolf Schmidt presents his talk ‘Getting to the Next Valley – A Mystical Journey’ as part of anniversary celebrations of the Baha’i Faith in the Western Isles.
Originally from the Netherlands, Rolf came to the Faith whilst living in Achnasheen, introduced by Baha’is who had previously lived in Lewis.
“I joined the Baha’i Faith because I saw in it the answers that the world needs today, most importantly the coming together of all mankind as one unified race,” said Rolf.
Now living near Inverness, operating dolphin and wildlife boat tours, Rolf explores the profound mystical tradition which the Baha’i Faith holds – and which will be the subject of his public talk.
He expanded: “The Baha’i Faith also has a profound mystical tradition that inspires thought on what SF writer Douglas Adams famously refers to in ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ as: ‘Life, The Universe, and Everything’.
“The book ‘The Seven Valleys’ is regarded widely as the greatest mystical composition by Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, written around 1860,” Rolf continued.
“‘The Seven Valleys’ continues a tradition of Persian mysticism which sees the soul on a spiritual journey, passing through different stages from this world to other realms which are closer to God, as first described by the 12th Century Sufi poet Farid al-Din Attar in his ‘Conference of the Birds’.
“The seven valleys in the book refer to seven stages on this journey. In this context getting to the next valley is what we are all trying to, and what we are all destined to achieve.”
Rolf will deliver his talk ‘Getting to the Next Valley – A Mystical Journey’ at An Lanntair tonight (Friday, February 21st), 7-9pm.
The free admission presentation will also feature the spectacular visual imagery created by Baha’i artist Cary Enoch.